Harsh new penalties for unlicensed driving ‘not yet law’
At present, driving without a licence carries a maximum penalty of 1,000 baht and/or one month in jail. Motorists face a maximum fine of 2,000 baht
50,000 baht fine and 3 months jail for driving without a license – transport law upgrades.
Motorists driving while suspended or who have had their licence confiscated can also face 3 months jail or a 50,000 baht fine. Previously this was a 2,000 baht fine only.
The proposal, intended to be put to Thai ministerial committees next month, further state that drivers who fail to produce a valid licence when requested can be fined 10,000 baht up from the previous 1,000 baht.
The proposals also include modernisation of procedures, computerisation, linking provincial databases and other licensing matters. The proposals are seen to bring the law up to date and are designed to change the behaviour of Thais for the better.
SOURCE: Thai Rath